The Board of Directors of Whitman Hanson Community Access & I are extremely excited to get to work in updating the facilities and operations at WHCA’s studio & headquarters located in Whitman, MA.  In the months ahead we hope to be sharing lots of exciting update in the services we offer to those in and around the towns of Whitman & Hanson Massachusetts.  For more information on what we’re up to check out our website at and be sure to engage with us on the social networks linked from that website.

It is with a feeling of overwhelming success that I announce the bittersweet news that I am leaving Hingham Community Access & Media at the end of 2016 and am starting as the Executive Director of Whitman Hanson Community Access in 2017.  I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to work with the Hingham Community where I was raised and I hope that the community can continue to benefit from what we built at HCAM.

I really enjoyed hosting Joan Meschino and Kristen Arute in HCAM’s new studio for a “Conversation with the Candidates for State Representative”.  The production went wonderfully and not only was it our first production in the new studio since the grand (re)opening, it was our first time with a studio audience.  Here’s a few photos and you can see the video below!

I’m beyond honored to have been nominated and Selected at the 2016 recipient of the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region’s “Brian Wilson Mentorship Award”.  The family and I had a nice ride up to Portland Maine for the ceremony and we really enjoyed touring CTAM across the street from the awards venue.

Construction is complete and many members of the Hingham and larger community Media community joined the HCAM board and staff for our ribbon cutting and studio dedication.  Some photos are below.  We thank everyone who came for attending!

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Welcome to the newly relaunched, I’ve retired “version 2.0” which served me from 2005 – 2013.  This was a major upgrade from version 1, but it was starting to feel just as dated as “version 1” had felt when I updated the last time around.  My last blog post (posted more than 3 years earlier) was entitled “Sharing is Caring”.  In this post I detailed the changing plan I had for the blog and an indicated that I’d be taking some time away from blogging.  I’ve decided however to keep the blog around in this new version of my site.

There are still a few reasons why I might still use a blog on my website and those are as follows:

  1. To tell you about the many changes or updates I make to this page.
  2. I plan to post some things that just don’t fit in to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or any of the other social networks I’m on.
  3. For the times that I feel like writing an article that is more in depth than a Facebook post about where I ate dinner or what mountain I skied at.  You’ll find that content here as it comes up.

I hope you find this site easier to navigate, but even more importantly I find it way easier to update.  At the point I’m at in my life that was becoming really important.  With a family depending on me, quick and easy site maintenance was really attractive to me.  You may notice the new header I’ve created (now in it’s 3rd revision) and I think it’s a good reflection of who I am and where I came from.  Thanks for visiting and reading

It’s not just what we share, it’s where we share, and with whom. You may noticed that I’ve added Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter buttons to my home page. I’ve decided that this website is a great central place to direct people to various points in my “cyber network.” However with all of the various social networks out there and the always increasing numbers of viewers, one has to be especially cautious what they share, where they share, and who they share it with. As an aspiring your professional I’ve been thinking a lot lately about personal branding (great video to that effect.) There’s a a lot of information on the web about how to do this and I thought I’d try and boil down a bit of what I found here.

I heard a great quote describing how a few of the more popular social network fits into your life. the quote goes; “MySpace is the Bar, Facebook the Backyard BBQ, and LinkedIn the Office.” I’d never really thought of it that way, but I suppose it is a pretty accurate description of how I use these services especially when I also throw in Twitter as a true “news feed.” I’ve found that my network (those I associate with) have for the most part stopped using MySpace so I decided not to spend as much time on this service, but the others certainly seem to have many uses for me. With new connections always being made it seems really important to put the right information out there. For me Facebook has really taken off for me lately, but recently it seems my demographic of “friends” on Facebook has changed and it requires me to present a much more professional look. I also decided that it was definitely worth it to give LinkedIn a whole hearted effort. I started working to fill in some parts of my profile I had skipped initially. If you’re asking yourself (like I was initially) why you might use LinkedIn check out this YouTube playlist I created explaining why to use LinkedIn, how to get started, and how to stand out.

I’m pretty happy now with the way things are organized, but one might ask, how does this blog fit in? That it a good question. With the trend moving towards getting your message out in 140 characters or less it leaves this blog as a place for longer format posts. As such, readers of this blog won’t likely see the frequency of updates increase, rather it’s much more likely that many new posts will end up on some of these other services. If you care to follow me further and see these updates I encourage you to visit my “follow page“. There you’ll find all that you need to keep up with me in the many corners of the internet where I post content. As always thanks for reading.

Ahh, so my phone just downloaded and installed Android 2.2 (code name Froyo) the other day. Not only does Froyo update enable native USB tethering and getting faster system performance With Android 2.2 loaded on my Droid, You are now able to start playing with Adobe’s Flash 10.1 Player. It’s not as simple as going to Adobe’s website and downloading the beta version of their Android-based Flash player, but within a few minutes even a novice can have flash up and running.

Here’s the deal. You have to have Android 2.2 OS installed on your phone of choice in order to install the Flash player. Finding the Flash 10.1 Player download link was the hardest part for me. That’s linked from the bottom of this post, you have to have to download the installation file to your handset. After downloading the .apk file, you can install the Flash-playing software directly from the phone itself. Alternatively, you can download the .apk file to your desktop and transfer the file to your Motorola Droid.

In order to install flash 10.1 You’ll also have to configure your Android 2.2 Froyo system to accept installation files from “unknown sources.” Do this by navigating to Settings > Applications and check the box for “Unknown Sources.”

If you’re ready to make the upgrade, simply download the Flash 10.1 Player apk file below you’re on your way!

Adobe Flash 10.1 Player beta installation file

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I woke up this morning and saw amongst the emails I received overnight that Slingbox for Android has launched. This is very exciting news. When I initially looked into switching to a new handset I saw only a short list of features that the Motorola Droid would not do which my current Windows Mobile phone (while a bit clunky) was fully capable of. Finally I made the switch figuring it would just be a matter of time until the Android Market caught up. I seem to have been right. After recently seeing the LogMeIn App released (for beta, which I am a tester) Slingbox was really the next big thing on my list. Initial reviews of the app say that the folks at SlingMedia have done a good job and released a truly quality (albeit late to the market) app. My biggest complaint is the app’s $29.99 price tag. I understand that this app has been out for the iPhone and other platforms with the same price; however when it comes to the Android Market, this is quite a bit higher then the average price of an Android app which TechCrunch says is around $9.00. So where do I go from here? I hold. I’ll wait for them to get with the program and drop the price or until I find myself so bored that I just can’t be without the app a minute longer.

x-ipod-rip-1I’ve always wanted to be able to work with my music when away from my desktop, and until recently I haven’t been able to swing it. It always made more sense to me to manage my music over the weekend for example, in the middle of a ski weekend. They say that an iPod will only sync with one computer but really one iPod will only sync with one iTunes library. So I set out to make this work. It was a bit annoying trying to work out all the bugs in the process, but the concept is really quite simple.

The first step in the process is to move all of your music files onto an external hard drive, one which runs from USB without an extra power cord is ideal. You’ll need to change the lettering of the drive. I recommend calling the drive “M:/”. Short for media, this is probably a letter higher then any you’ll see unless you plug in 10 thumb drives. The process for changing drive letters is a relatively simple process. After changing the location of your library you’ll need to setup iTunes. If you install the same version of iTunes on both computers and make sure iTunes is loking for the media on the M:/ drive. iTunes will still be looking for the library files at “My DocumentsMy MusiciTunesiTunes Music.”

Now close iTunes & make a new folder inside your iTunes folder and throw your old library files into there. After creating this backup you can begin copying the files from your former “iTuenes master computer” into the iTues folder. After this is done your music should open on the new computer. You should also notice that your iPod will sync. If this is the case go ahead and delete your old files from the newly added machine. Download Windows Live Sync and 1st set this up on the new machine. add your iTunes folder as the sync location, tehn repeat this action on the Master computer. Give the computers time to sync and then try playing music on both computers, and connect the iPod to each computer and they should both sync.